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Mobile Ed: BI390 Biblical Sexual Ethics (6 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: BI390 Biblical Sexual Ethics (6 hour course)


Lexham Press 2015–2016

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Dr. David Instone-Brewer examines how marriage, divorce, polygamy, homosexuality and other topics are addressed in the Bible by looking at both the text of Scripture and the context in which Scripture was written. “Translating from Hebrew or the Greek into English is only half of the job of translation,” he says. “You also have to translate the context that it came from.”

From ancient Near Eastern marriage laws that were literally written in stone to the sexual practices that were accepted and not accepted in Rome, Dr. Instone-Brewer paints a picture of how Old and New Testament Jewish culture compared to other cultures of the time. He shows how understanding this context illuminates the truth of Scripture and helps us discern what ethics God had for His people in the past and what He has for us today.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Marriage

  • Introduction to Marriage
  • Marriage in the Bible
  • Marriage in Genesis
  • Marriage in the ANE
  • Marriage Covenants/Contracts
  • Marriage in the Law
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Marriage in the NT
  • Marriage Today
  • Addition of Obedience
  • Biblical Marriage Is Different
  • Unit 1 Quiz

Unit 2: Divorce in the Old Testament

  • Breaking a Contract
  • Grounds for Divorce
  • Divorcees in the OT
  • God's Divorce Certificate
  • Grounds for God's Divorce
  • God Forgives Adultery in Judah
  • Unit 2 Quiz

Unit 3: Divorce in Jesus’ Teaching

  • Divorce Should Never Happen
  • Grounds for Divorce in the OT
  • Divorce for Infertility
  • Infertility in the NT
  • Divorce for Unfaithfulness
  • Jesus on Divorce for Adultery
  • Rabbinic Divorce for "Any Cause," Part 1
  • Rabbinic Divorce for "Any Cause," Part 2
  • Different Versions in Mark and Luke
  • Jesus' Silence on Divorce for Neglect
  • Other Interpretations of Jesus' Teaching
  • Unit 3 Quiz

Unit 4: Divorce in Paul’s Teaching

  • Putting Jesus and Paul Together
  • Divorce for Material Neglect
  • Material Neglect in the NT
  • Divorce for Sexual Neglect
  • Sexual Neglect in the NT
  • How Men and Women Divorced for Neglect
  • Divorce for Neglect in the NT
  • Roman Divorce-by-Separation in Paul
  • Putting Paul and Jesus Together
  • Unit 4 Quiz

Unit 5: Remarriage

  • Remarriage in the ANE
  • Remarriage in the OT
  • Remarriage to Priests
  • The Divorce Certificate Allows Remarriage
  • Paul Quotes the Remarriage Formula
  • Paul Allows Divorcees to Remarry
  • Does Jesus Forbid Remarriage?
  • Does Paul Forbid Remarriage?
  • Married Till Death?
  • Remarriage in the NT World
  • Conclusions from Relative Silence
  • Unit 5 Quiz

Unit 6: Intermarriage

  • Marriages before Canaan
  • The Mixed Population of the Exodus
  • Moses' Wives
  • Continuing Foreign Marriages
  • The Seven Nations
  • After the Exile
  • Divorcing Foreign Wives
  • The Jewish and Roman World
  • Paul's Warnings
  • Intermarriage: How Does This Apply Today?
  • Unit 6 Quiz

Unit 7: Polygamy

  • Polygamy in the OT
  • Marrying Prostitutes
  • Samson: a Possible Example
  • Polygamy in NT Times
  • Monogamy in the OT according to Qumran Judaism
  • Monogamy in the OT according to Diaspora Judaism
  • Polygamy Criticized by Jesus
  • Problems with Widows in the NT
  • Polygamy: How Does This Apply Today?
  • Unit 7 Quiz

Unit 8: Abortion and Child Abuse

  • A Personal Note
  • Roman Child Abuse
  • The Warren Cup
  • Jesus on Child Abuse
  • The Crime of Skandalizō
  • Jewish Safeguards
  • Roman Abortion and Infanticide
  • Jews and Christians on infanticide
  • NT Summary of Ethics for Gentiles
  • Blood or Bloodshed?
  • The Meaning of Pniktos: Snuffing Out
  • A Note on Bible Translations
  • Applying Ancient Rules to Modern Life
  • Unit 8 Quiz

Unit 9: Homosexuality

  • Introduction to Homosexuality
  • The Creation Pattern
  • Sodom and Gibeah
  • ANE Background
  • Levitical Laws
  • Greek and Roman Background
  • Jewish Condemnation of Homosexuality
  • Paul on What Is Natural
  • Pauline Vice Lists
  • What is “Lying with a Male” (Arsenokoitēs)?
  • Unit 9 Quiz
  • Conclusion: The Importance of Application

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About David Instone-Brewer

Dr. David Instone-Brewer graduated from South Wales Baptist College with the highest marks in that college’s history, and later earned his PhD from Cambridge University, where he studied early rabbinic exegesis. Dr. Instone-Brewer ministered at the Llanishen Baptist Church in Cardiff for five years, and is now research fellow and technical officer for Tyndale House, which is, arguably, among the three best libraries in the world for biblical studies.

Specializing in rabbinic studies, Dr. Instone-Brewer has been a regular contributor to Christianity magazine, and has written several books, including Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament.

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